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Friday 25 July 2014

All Black Carter is brought to book after high tackle

All Blacks star Dan Carter has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on Wales scrum-half Martin Roberts during Saturday's Test match at the Millennium Stadium.

Carter will face a disciplinary hearing in Milan today, where the New Zealand squad has arrived to prepare for next weekend's clash against Italy.

He is due to appear before IRB-appointed judicial officer Jeff Blackett, who is also the Rugby Football Union's disciplinary chief.

Carter, who was not yellow-carded for the high tackle by match referee Craig Joubert, could receive a minimum one-week ban.

Anything more than that would put his participation against England at Twickenham on Saturday week in doubt.

Alun-Wyn Jones conducted a brutal and personal honesty session after Wales' latest attempt to beat the All Blacks ended in another frustrating failure.

Jones felt the pain of defeat more than most following New Zealand's 19-12 triumph — and he was not afraid to admit it afterwards.

The Lions lock's late 70-metre interception gallop fleetingly threatened an unlikely fightback as Wales chased a first win in the fixture since 1953.

Not only did Jones' dash for glory fail though, but Wales also messed up a late attacking lineout when substitute hooker Huw Bennett threw long — straight into the hands of All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson.

“As a player, there are 101 things you can do in that situation,” he said, recalling his interception of All Blacks scrum-half Jimmy Cowan's pass.

“That will probably be my first and last international interception, but I should have done a lot better.

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